- On unsolicited criticism | Lara Swanson (July 22): “Is it possible that the only frame of reference they have for a strong woman in front of an audience, speaking articulately, is their school teachers?”
- The nightmare is over: They’re not coming for your games | Polygon (July 29): “To give ground to feminist criticism, for instance, is seen too often as analogous to supporting a government ban. No quarter can thus be given; all discursive space for compromise and evolution is collapsed into suffocation by crushing fear.”
- The Least Twitter Could Do | Danilo Campos (July 30): “Policing a global community of Twitter’s scale is tough work. No one knows how to do it yet. But protecting users from abusive content is a software problem. Here’s a handful of things Twitter could be trying to protect its users. “
- Twitter can fix its harassment problem, but why mess with success? | Polygon (July 30): “In other words, the value of Twitter is such that people like Anita Sarkeesian can’t easily leave without losing a large amount of her community and voice. By withholding tools that would allow targeted individuals like her to manage who contacts her and how, as outlined above, Twitter drives up engagement. The people organizing the abuse are creating value for Twitter, there is no reason to stop them from doing so.”
- More Than a Superhero: How Wonder Woman Helped Shape Feminism | Niiki Gloudeman, Huffington Post (July 30): “Wonder Woman wasn’t the first female superhero — Black Widow and Bulletgirl beat her to the game — but she was the first molded from a distinctly proto-feminist perspective.”
- Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store | NPR (July 27): “It’s not like we sat around and threw a dart on the wall to change the gender of a character,” said Aaron. “This was my idea. This wasn’t Marvel coming to me. This isn’t me throwing away what I’ve been doing.”
- Dude Writers Pissy About Newfangled Non-Male, Non-Straight Characters | Fannie’s Room (July 24): “Dudes can accept a character being bitten by a radioactive spider and hence developing exaggerated super powers of spiders, characters from fairy tales somehow living under the radar in New York City, and thousands of comic book characters seemingly never aging throughout the years, but they draw the line at representations of a hate crime or a female Thor?”
- Young women coding their way to the top of Australia’s tech industry | Hijacked (July 26): “The interesting thing is that Deanne had never even heard of engineering before university, and it was through a fair dose of luck that she ended up working as a medical electronics researcher. Now 22, she says this journey has made her want to be a role model for women interested in pursuing engineering.”
- The Day I Leave the Tech Industry | Accidentally in Code (July 28): “I know that this will happen, that one day I will have had enough, and I will leave. It’s something I think about on a regular basis, and wonder, what will I do after?”
- What Happened After I Reported: Elise Matthesen, WisCon, and Harassment | Whatever (July 28): “WisCon, instead, lost reports of complaints, selectively interviewed only the accused, failed to conduct follow-up interviews with complainants and other witnesses, and failed to probe whether the reports on which they relied were complete or accurate.”
- Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism, and Safe Spaces | Geek Melange (July 24): “Further, the entire decision bafflingly seemed to put Frenkel’s possible redemption front and center, rather than the needs of the people he harassed – both those who spoke up and those who have not.”
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